TEAM SPIRIT: RSL players celebrate their Stanthorpe Cricket grand final win against Souths.
TEAM SPIRIT: RSL players celebrate their Stanthorpe Cricket grand final win against Souths. Liana Turner

GALLERY: RSL victorious in close grand final

THEY had their work cut out for them against a young rival side, but RSL claimed the Stanthorpe Cricket final.

They faced a young Souths side in a rain-delayed match on Sunday afternoon, and, in the end, it came down to a 12-run difference.

RSL captain Will Dowie welcomed his team's second grand final win in five years.

Dowie said a strong effort in all facets of the game led the team to victory.

"It was a team effort,” he said.

"With our batters, everyone scored a few.”

The team won the toss and batted first, claiming 154 runs.

"We just bowled well but we were a bit worried there with Ben (Staley) and Liam (Lanza),” Dowie said.

"They had a good partnership. If we broke that we knew we just needed a couple more wickets.”

After RSL's Lauchie Green claimed the first catch of the day, his team had a spate of success in catches and wickets as Souths churned through young batsmen and wound up with just 142 runs.

"Luke Brady had a couple of breakthrough wickets,” Dowie said.

Souths had been placed third on the ladder but toppled Valleys at the semi-final on March 19.

This crushed Valleys' hopes of a fourth consecutive grand final against RSL.

"They earned their spot and... they did really well,” Dowie said.

"They put the pressure on and the young bowlers stepped up again.”

He said this was a great change from the last time RSL played the young team and gained 260 runs, an expected they would become a formidable side.

Stanthorpe Cricket Association president Luke Brady said Green's catch was the best he'd seen for a while.

Brady thanked everyone who had helped out throughout the season to contribute to its success.

Souths captain Ben Staley said he was proud of his team's efforts.

"It's been a really enjoyable season and you're a really good bunch,” Staley said.

"It's a really good association that we have.”

Souths' Jordan Lanza was named man of the match after an strong batting stint.

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